From Crime Victim Blog – Tina Trent, PhD
In Rhode Island the father of five-year old murder victim Jason Foreman made headlines by announcing that he will kill the man who killed his son if the state goes ahead with plans to release Michael Woodmansee from prison twelve years early, on the grounds of his “good behavior” behind bars. In 1975, Woodmansee kidnapped 5-year old Jason Foreman and stabbed the child to death. He then watched from a close proximity (he was a neighbor) as Foreman’s anguished parents searched — for seven years — for their child. But that is not all he did. He cleaned and shellacked Jason’s skull and bones and stored them on his bedroom dresser, telling his father that they were theatrical props. He indulged himself by auditioning for and receiving the role of a murder suspect in a local production of an Agatha Christie play. He ambushed and attacked at least one other boy, who escaped, leading to his exposure for the earlier crime.
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